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The Huntsman Cancer Institute Community Advisory Board comprises 33 members from across the state of Utah and the Mountain West, a geographical area that includes Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Wyoming. Membership includes representatives from government organizations, health care systems, community organizations focused on the underserved, business leaders, elected officials, religious leaders, cancer patients, and cancer survivors. Huntsman Cancer Institute works with the Community Advisory Board to engage the community in cancer research, clinical services, education, and prevention efforts and prioritize opportunities to improve community health. For more information, please email

Board Members

Shawn Begay, MPA

Public Health Director
Utah Navajo Health System Inc.

Brad Belnap, MPP

Program Manager, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Utah Department of Health

Kirk Benge, MPH

Health Officer
TriCounty Health Department

Heather Borski, MPH

Deputy Director
Utah Department of Health

Sara Carbajal-Salisbury

Director, Health Programs
Alliance Community Services

Mayra Cedano

Executive Director
Comunidades Unidas

Mary Chamberlain

Cancer Survivor

Becky Creighton, MPH

Health Program Manager
Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

RyLee Curtis, MPP

Director, Community Engagement 
University of Utah Health

Reverend France A. Davis

Pastor Emeritus 
Calvary Baptist Church

Dale Dillon

Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City

Paula Dunham

Executive Director
Green River Medical Center

Janida Emerson, MS

Chief Executive Officer
Fourth Street Clinic

Luz Escamilla, MPA

Utah State Senate

Jacob Fitisemanu Jr., MPH

Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition

Tasha Harris, MS

Director, Sweetwater Regional Cancer Center
Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County

Lily Helzer, MPH

Section Manager, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

Cari Herington, MBA

Executive Director
Nevada Cancer Coalition

Emma E. Houston, MBA

Cancer Survivor

James Jackson III, MBA

Executive Director
Utah Black Chamber of Commerce

Elder William K. Jackson

General Authority Seventy
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Star Jones

Outreach and Education Supervisor, Comprehensive Cancer Control Program
Wyoming Department of Health

Derek Kitchen

Utah State Senate

Morgan Marietti, MS

Manager, Cancer Control Strategic Partnerships
American Cancer Society North Region

Leah Merchant

Section Supervisor, Cancer Control Program
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Derek Miller

President and Chief Executive Officer
The Salt Lake Chamber

Mikelle Moore, MBA, MHSA

Senior Vice President and Chief Community Health Officer
Intermountain Healthcare

Ed Napia

Grants Manager
Sacred Circle Healthcare

Jodi Parker

Health and Physical Education Specialist
Utah State Board of Education

Alan Pruhs

Executive Director
Association for Utah Community Health

Christine Stoffel

Parent, Childhood Cancer Survivor

Troy Williams

Executive Director
Equality Utah

Lori Wright, MPA

Chief Executive Officer
Family Healthcare

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